SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is pleased to announce its partnership with Pets 2 Vets (P2V), an organization that pairs active duty military, veterans and first responders with homeless pets by arranging adoptions with animal shelters. Together, the San Diego Humane Society and P2V will pair local heroes with the right animal to meet their needs and the adoption fee will be waived for these matches.
“We are honored to support San Diego’s large military community in a way that supports the human-animal bond,” said Renee Harris, Executive Vice President of the San Diego Humane Society. “We look forward to uniting animals with local heroes who are seeking animal companionship to enhance their life.”
P2V was founded by Dave Sharpe after he returned from deployment and began dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This disorder quickly began affecting his life and personal relationships. Sharpe continued to struggle with this condition until adopting a pit bull named Cheyenne. Afterward, his family and friends noticed a significant change in his behavior, all because of this little pit bull puppy. Sharpe subsequently founded P2V with the hope that animal companionship would aid other veterans in their recovery while, at the same time, finding loving homes for our nation’s sheltered animals.
“As a veteran, I have experienced the impact that an animal can have on your life,” said Dave Sharpe, Founder of P2V. “Animal companionship provides a unique bond of love, comfort and support that aids both P2V Heroes and homeless pets. Given San Diego’s strong military presence, the San Diego Humane Society is an ideal fit to support and foster that distinctive bond and expand our services to the West Coast.”
About the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. The Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.
As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, the Humane Society has campuses in both San Diego and Oceanside and is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store, and small fees for services. For more information or to see current animals available for adoption, please visit www.sdhumane.org.
P2V is a non-clinical and non-facility based organization that places special emphasis on creating mutually beneficial opportunities for sheltered animals and our nation’s service men and women, veterans and emergency first responders by accessing the expertise of medical care professionals and animal welfare organizations. P2V is an Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) program that recognizes the incredible power of the human-animal relationship and seeks to support those suffering from psychological stress as they pursue recovery with the unconditional love of a pet. For more information, visit http://p2v.org/.